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Un Secret (A Secret) Reviews

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Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
April 4, 2009
It is a deeply moving and heartfelt story that makes an indelible impression on the viewers' hearts and minds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
March 6, 2009
The title of this movie suggests the difficulty in writing about it. You can't reveal a secret without spoiling it, and in this intriguing, complex family drama spread out over several time frames covering half a century, the secrets keep on coming
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
February 27, 2009
In Un Secret, French filmmaker Claude Miller expertly weaves together a family history, merging the personal and political, the celebratory and the tragic, while incorporating three distinct time periods.
Stan Hall
January 9, 2009
Sagnier beautifully plays the most crucial moment. She's part of a fine ensemble cast that somewhat obscures the heavy-handed symbolism and punch-pulling finale.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 31, 2008
Avoiding histrionics and overstatement, Un Secret reveals a story about a family's past suffering that may not be unique, but in this telling is quietly powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
December 30, 2008
Miller's lyrical use of fleshy details, such as the way de France's black bathing suit clings to her proud body, brings his movie a tactile humanity.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 19, 2008
A structural mess that turns contrived just when it should be hitting home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 12, 2008
Miller and his excellent cast create characters whom we can understand and even empathize with, even as they commit horrible breaches of faith.
Nora Lee Mandel
November 1, 2008
Beautifully and poignantly captures the complexities of being a Jew in France from the 1930's to the present, where layers of a family's history are revealed by jumping back and forth in time.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 24, 2008
A Secret is a showcase for great acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine
October 18, 2008
A remarkable film with an unusual story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Noel Murray
AV Club
October 18, 2008
Suitably tense, sad, and deeply poignant.
| Original Score: B+
Harvey S. Karten
October 18, 2008
Given its crackerjack performances and fine evocation of period, Miller's film has already been a popular offering in Paris and should not long remain a secret from sophisticated moviegoers when it opens in the States.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Dennis Harvey
October 18, 2008
A fine drama that stands as Gallic vet Claude Miller's best in at least a decade.
Peter Bradshaw
October 18, 2008
A blue-chip cast and handsome stagings do little to prevent this French movie being a muddled, pretentious washout. Substantial re-editing might have helped.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
I was not prepared for the climactic emotional devastation, but as all the pieces fall into place, the film crystallises as perfectly as Tania's flawless backward high dive piercing through the clear water with beauty and precision.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
The acting is exceptional. If parts of A Secret veer toward soap opera, the ensemble work reduces the suds to a minimum.
| Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Turner
October 18, 2008
Engaging wartime drama that pulls off a bold narrative shift, thanks to impressive direction and superb performances from a talented ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 18, 2008
The soapy climax is unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kat Brown
Empire Magazine
October 18, 2008
Despite strong performances, this is a rigidly uncinematic effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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